BOOK REVIEW : TULLUA, AN AFRICAN CHILDREN’S BOOK
I recently attended the launch of Tullula, an African children’s book written by Refiloe Moahloli, whose debut novel “How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?” is now included in the South African school curriculum. Tullula tells the story of a brave bird who lets children know that it’s okay to be different. A children’s book so appropriate for our son, and other children who are being raised in what society deems to be non-conventional family structures or are different to other children around them for whatever other reason.
The illustrations on the book are created by the amazing and humble Simon Mahlo, who in the special collector’s edition of Tullula worked with a group of creative women embroiders from rural communities to bring to life the book. This group beautifully embroidered each page of the collector’s version of Tullula. It looks stunning. I got to see the amazing work of Simon and his team at the book launch. If you get the chance to review it, you will be left in awe.
Tullula the brave bird is born into royalty. Being a nduna means having to guard the skies at night. Tullula who longs for something different, like so many of humans do too, sneaks off during the day. She sneaks off while the other ndunas sleep. She explores life unlike what she is familiar with, living in the daytime. Experiencing the rays of the sun.
The version of the book being sold at leading local bookstores also includes a CD featuring the Tullula son and a reading of the story by Refiloe.
To attend a reading session of Tullula, visit Exclusive Books on:
- 23rd June 2018 10 am at Mall Of The South, JHB or
- 30th June 2018 10 am at Rosebank
YAY/NAY – Yay, a definite book to add to your children’s book collection. It’s a beautiful tale and one I relate to having been born and raised in Africa, and familiar with words like nduna. Our son loved the vibrant colours from the artwork and as he is learning to read and recognize words, the story is perfect!
Retail Cost – from R250
DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED A COPY OF THE BOOK. I WAS NOT REQUIRED TO WRITE A POSITIVE REVIEW. THE OPINIONS I HAVE EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN.